A Garota Que Anda à Noite (“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”)

I just finished watching one of the most amazing movies I have seen in a long, long, time–Ana Lily Amirpor’sA Girl Walks Home Alone at Night“. Yes, I know, it only has a 7.1 currently on IMDB but, oh, this one could be a classic if it receives more exposure. Take a look at the trailer and consider watching it on Netflix or direct from Vice films.

Amirpor describes it as “Iranian Vampire Spaghetti Western” and I agree with the attribution if one also throws in Film Noir. This is not an egregious horror flick–it is subtle, subdued, and sexy. There is a touch of drugs, a touch of violence, and a big heaping dose of good story.

Strangely enough, with the soundtrack and underlying love story I found myself even thinking of Pump up the Volume. I know the comparison is a stretch since Amirpor’s soundtrack is all Iranian artists but I draw the comparison in that both of these movies have introduced me to a host of new artists and expanded my taste.

The film debuted at Sundance in 2014 and is an extended version of a short film that won “Best Short Film” at the 2012 Noor Iranian Film Festival.  Even thought it was filmed over just 24 days in California, this is an Iranian film (in Persian with subtitles) at heart and produced by an amazing new director whom I hope goes far. It has been making the film festival circuits and nominated at numerous ones. Hopefully it may make the jump to the mainstream. I was led to it from A Taste of Cinema’s “14 Movies From The Last 5 Years That Have The Potential To Be Future Cult Favorites.

This film is an absolute must see for film aficionados. I really cannot write much about it without giving it away, but I will say it has made my personal Top Ten movie list. The only thing I could think to bump from my list to make room was Citizen Kane–yes, it is that good. This is ironic for it one the “Citizen Kane Award for Best Directorial Revelation” at the “Sitges” Catalonian International Film Festival.

I highly recommend this film.

Top Ten Movie List

I recently revised my Top Ten movie list that I’ve maintained for years. Over that time, it hasn’t changed much. Most recently, “Interstellar” was added bumping out “The Return of the King.”

I was pleased to read a recent article that Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Rashomon) agrees with me in placing The Godfather II over The Godfather. For some reason, I have always liked The Godfather II more and it seems I am in good company.

Kurosawa’s own “Seven Samurai” makes my list at the third slot bracketed by my two favorite Film Noir movies “Casablanca” and “Citizen Kane”.

As a common theme on my list, I vastly prefer “Seven Samurai” to its American remake “The Magnificent Seven”.

The two epics “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” fill slots five and six followed by the war epic “Das Boot” of which I would recommend the original sub-titled version over the overdubbed “The Boot” version. I cannot think of a more gripping war movie.

“Wages of Fear” sits at number seven. This is a fabulous movie with a universal theme of bad people stuck in inescapable bad circumstances. Like Seven Samurai, this black-and-white original is much better than its 1970’s American remake named “Sorcerer.” Although, in it’s own way, Sorcerer has some unique qualities that make it worth at least one viewing.

The list ends with the constant favorite “Pulp Fiction” followed by “Interstellar” as the newcomer.

Here is the list itself followed by a link to the Evernote version (as of 2014-01-12):

  1. The Godfather II
  2. Casablanca
  3. Seven Samurai
  4. Citizen Kane
  5. Lawrence of Arabia
  6. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
  7. Wages of Fear
  8. Das Boot
  9. Pulp Fiction
  10. Interstellar

Honorable Mentions:

  • Alien
  • American Beauty
  • Dark Star

And, here is a link to the most current version of the list:

Decker’s Top Ten Movie List